Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Natural Product Library

Unique natural products from Sarawak's rainforest for discovery screening through agreements and collaborations.

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The Sarawak Biodiversity Centre (SBC) Natural Product Library holds a collection of natural products systematically collected from the Sarawak rainforest. Located on the island of Borneo, the Sarawak rainforest is one of the oldest in the world and rich in biodiversity.

The SBC Natural Product Library derives its exclusive collection from unique species of indigenous rainforest plants, and microorganism from environmental samples including endophytic fungi, actinomycetes and algae.

From this pristine rainforest resource, SBC is able to provide a diverse library of leads-identifying natural products from the Sarawak rainforest for biodiscovery and research through agreements and collaborations.

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More that 23,000 extracts and increasing yearly.

  • Useful plants from Traditional Knowledge
  • Medicinal plants
  • Essentaial oil plants
  • Plants for scents and flavours

The Sarawak rainforest plant extracts collection is sourced primarily through the traditional knowledge documentation of more than 30 indigenous communities in Sarawak. Some of these plant species are rare and endemic to Sarawak and Borneo.  

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More than 18,000 and increasing yearly.

  • Actinomycetes
  • Algae
  • Cordyceps
  • Endophytes
  • Fungi
  • Marine Microbes
  • Myxobacteria

The Sarawak rainforest is home to an amazing variety of microbial population. SBC's collection of microbial strains includes many new and exotic isolates that may produce unique natural products for biodiscovery.

The Advantage


Exclusive and unique plants and microbial samples from the Sarawak rainforest.


Diverse natural products collection. SBC collects samples from varying geographical locations within the Sarawak rainforest including highland and lowland forests, peat swamps, hot springs and caves, as well as marine samples from the Sarawak coasts.


Systematic documentation of collected samples. Geo-tagging, bar-coding and molecular identification as well as herbarium and living specimens collection allow for fast recollection and reliable supply.


Increasing collection and extraction targets to expand the SBC Natural Product Library

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Date updated: 19 January 2018.